Caitlin Clow

A man identified as Dakota Samoleski was shot and killed in a Spallumcheen shooting Sept. 20, 2021. Jevon Daniel Smith, 46, is charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court Oct. 4. (GoFundMe)

Fundraiser launched for victim of Spallumcheen shooting

GoFundMe campaign looks to collect enough to cover funeral costs for Dakota Samoleski

A man identified as Dakota Samoleski was shot and killed in a Spallumcheen shooting Sept. 20, 2021. Jevon Daniel Smith, 46, is charged with second-degree murder and is set to return to court Oct. 4. (GoFundMe)
Many communities across B.C. have seen disc golf courses built over the last 10 years, including Vernon (pictured), Mission and Vancouver. 
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Repairs close tee boxes at Vernon disc golf course

New concrete pads poured last week close tee boxes for seven days

Many communities across B.C. have seen disc golf courses built over the last 10 years, including Vernon (pictured), Mission and Vancouver. 
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Six cottonwoods will be removed from Kin Beach Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star file)

Cottonwoods coming down at Vernon beach

City to remove 6 hazardous in part of ongoing project

Six cottonwoods will be removed from Kin Beach Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. (Brieanna Charlebois - Morning Star file)
A proposed mural for the corner of 28th Avenue and 31st Street would pay tribute to City of Vernon Coun. Dalvir Nahal. (City of Vernon report)

Proposed downtown Vernon mural honours city councillor

Tribute to Dalvir Nahal’s ‘light,’ artist’s group says

A proposed mural for the corner of 28th Avenue and 31st Street would pay tribute to City of Vernon Coun. Dalvir Nahal. (City of Vernon report)
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Father struck, killed by pickup truck in Coldstream

The victim’s 12-year-old son witnessed tragic incident that closed Hwy. 6 in Coldstream Friday evening

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Peter Kaz, host of Okanagan's Got Talent, is handing the mic over to 14 of the valley's best this Sunday at The Green for the first in the series of events which will lead to $10,000 in prizes for the top act. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Okanagan’s Got Talent finale airs tonight

After COVID-19 stalled the final contest since March 2020, it’s time to crown the region’s most talented

Peter Kaz, host of Okanagan's Got Talent, is handing the mic over to 14 of the valley's best this Sunday at The Green for the first in the series of events which will lead to $10,000 in prizes for the top act. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Enactus Fruit Snaps team is harvesting apples this weekend and needs a hand from volunteers. This photo was taken before the pandemic. (Contributed)

Okanagan College students look for volunteers to help pick apples for sweet cause

Enactus OC students harvesting for fruit snacks this weekend

The Enactus Fruit Snaps team is harvesting apples this weekend and needs a hand from volunteers. This photo was taken before the pandemic. (Contributed)
Doug Gordon, owner and beekeeper of The Okanagan Honey Co., was one of eight agriculture entrepreneurs in the inaugural REACH program that began in October 2020. (Mike Babott/Rhythm Productions)

REACH returns to boost North Okanagan ag industry workers

Program equips entrepreneurs with tools to ‘stay strong and resilient’

Doug Gordon, owner and beekeeper of The Okanagan Honey Co., was one of eight agriculture entrepreneurs in the inaugural REACH program that began in October 2020. (Mike Babott/Rhythm Productions)
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Vernon to head back to polls for byelection in December

Qualified candidates can put name forward in candidate nomination period starting Oct. 19

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Vernon’s Cobs Bread owner Heather Lastik and her team donated more than $500 a day to evacuees and firefighters combating the White Rock Lake wildfire in the summer of 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)

Vernon business bakes up support for White Rock Lake wildfire victims

Bakery donated around $500 a day in goods to evacuees, firefighters in promotion

Vernon’s Cobs Bread owner Heather Lastik and her team donated more than $500 a day to evacuees and firefighters combating the White Rock Lake wildfire in the summer of 2021. (Caitlin Clow - Vernon Morning Star)
The front door was found smashed in at the Gentleman’s Barbershop and Shave Parlour Thursday morning (Sept. 23) and equipment was stolen. (@thegentlemensshop - Instagram)

Vernon rallies behind broken-in barbershop

Thieves smash door, leave with equipment; business community comes to the rescue

The front door was found smashed in at the Gentleman’s Barbershop and Shave Parlour Thursday morning (Sept. 23) and equipment was stolen. (@thegentlemensshop - Instagram)
The 9PM Routine locks out crimes of opportunity as residents are reminded to do nightly security checks. (File)

Lockout property crime with this routine: Vernon Mounties

Healthy habits to fall back on to prevent crimes of opportunity

The 9PM Routine locks out crimes of opportunity as residents are reminded to do nightly security checks. (File)
A damaged car sits near a Killiney Beach property on Aug. 24, one of the Westside Road areas impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

White Rock Lake wildfire damages an estimated $77M: Insurance Bureau of Canada

More than 800 claims expected from event that burned more than 83,000 hectares

A damaged car sits near a Killiney Beach property on Aug. 24, one of the Westside Road areas impacted by the White Rock Lake wildfire. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Libraries are a go-to destination for books, but computers at Chilliwack-area branches are also available for visitors who need internet access and printing get a vaccine passport. (COURTESY PHOTO, King County Library System)

Chapter closes on Oyama library

Resources to be reallocated to District of Lake Country branch; services to continue locally

Libraries are a go-to destination for books, but computers at Chilliwack-area branches are also available for visitors who need internet access and printing get a vaccine passport. (COURTESY PHOTO, King County Library System)
Caravan Theatre’s 18th annual Halloween event will see groups explore what happens when a mysterious contagion starts appearing in the community. The audio-driven immersive performance takes place Oct. 13-30, 2021. (Contributed)

Spallumcheen theatre turns up the volume on Halloween horror

Walk of Terror: System Failure is Caravan Theatre’s newest immersive audio-driven performance

Caravan Theatre’s 18th annual Halloween event will see groups explore what happens when a mysterious contagion starts appearing in the community. The audio-driven immersive performance takes place Oct. 13-30, 2021. (Contributed)
An autopsy of human remains found in a burned-out SUV discovered off Westside Road Sept. 20, 2020, are those of Erin Chelsea Borgford, 27, of Whitehorse. Her death is being treated as a homicide. (RCMP handout)
An autopsy of human remains found in a burned-out SUV discovered off Westside Road Sept. 20, 2020, are those of Erin Chelsea Borgford, 27, of Whitehorse. Her death is being treated as a homicide. (RCMP Handout)
An autopsy of human remains found in a burned-out SUV discovered off Westside Road Sept. 20, 2020, are those of Erin Chelsea Borgford, 27, of Whitehorse. Her death is being treated as a homicide. (RCMP handout)
An autopsy of human remains found in a burned-out SUV discovered off Westside Road Sept. 20, 2020, are those of Erin Chelsea Borgford, 27, of Whitehorse. Her death is being treated as a homicide. (RCMP Handout)
The Vernon School District has reduced its originally proposed bus fee hike for the 2021-22 year following outcry from local parents. (News Bulletin file)

Meet Vernon’s new school resource officer

Const. Neil Horne brings with him 20 years of social work experience

The Vernon School District has reduced its originally proposed bus fee hike for the 2021-22 year following outcry from local parents. (News Bulletin file)
Vernon Rodent Control owner and operator David Taylor is the first in the region to receive BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation and is third in the province recognized for his commitment to high animal welfare. (Contributed)

Vernon poison-free rodent control first in Okanagan approved by BC SPCA

Vernon Rodent Control’s origins rooted in educating consumers about safe alternatives

Vernon Rodent Control owner and operator David Taylor is the first in the region to receive BC SPCA AnimalKind accreditation and is third in the province recognized for his commitment to high animal welfare. (Contributed)
Work is set to start Thursday, Sept. 23, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 29, closing a portion of 30th Street to traffic. (City of Vernon)

Road work may stall Vernon motorists starting tomorrow

A portion of 30th Street will be closed until around Oct. 29 for a sanitary sewer main project

Work is set to start Thursday, Sept. 23, and is expected to be completed by Oct. 29, closing a portion of 30th Street to traffic. (City of Vernon)
Vernon Fire Rescue Services firefighters work quickly to douse a utility trailer fire before it spreads to an East Hill home Tuesday, Sept. 21. (VFRS photo)

Trailer engulfed in flames in Vernon

Firefighters respond to fire across from Lakeview Park

Vernon Fire Rescue Services firefighters work quickly to douse a utility trailer fire before it spreads to an East Hill home Tuesday, Sept. 21. (VFRS photo)